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What It Really Means to Leave No Child Behind

In Rwanda, where 800,000 children are orphaned as a result of the genocide or the AIDS epidemic, what it takes to ensure that no child is left behind.

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In Rwanda, where 800,000 children are orphaned as a result of the genocide or the HIV/AIDS epidemic, what it takes to ensure that no child is left behind.

Here in the U.S., the goal of leaving no child behind is an ambitious one—even with resources and infrastructure largely available to make it a reality. But what happens when circumstances mean a huge proportion of a country’s youth have been literally “left behind,” orphaned and left to support their younger siblings? How can that ambitious idea ever become a reality?

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